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Manufacturing process expert joins NMW's distinguished speakers

07 April, 2015

Bob Sproull is set to present on practices that erode manufacturer profit and the best ways to improve them.

Manufacturers using - or considering - some form of Lean or Six Sigma methodologies to drive bottom-line improvements through optimised processes will attend National Manufacturing Week 2015 (NMW) for strategic and tactical advice from Bob Sproull, international expert in making manufacturing processes align with business goals.

NMW will be held in Melbourne 26th through 29th May.

ECi Software Solutions (ECi), a provider of business management software, e-commerce, technology solutions, and services that help independent enterprises grow and compete will bring Sproull, who is a special consultant for ECi, to Australia from the United States for the event. From aerospace and defence to job shops, Sproull has been consulting to manufacturers for over 40 years. His background includes the design, facilitation and supervision - as VP or GM – of dramatic turnarounds in three different manufacturing companies, as well as authoring three books (a fourth is underway) to help manufacturers optimise processes to improve the bottom line.  Bob Sproull will present at the R&D Hub on the NMW show floor on Thursday, 28th May from 3:00pm-4:00pm.

"It is my belief that you don't need an army of belts populating your company," says Sproull. "What you do need is a structured approach that uses your existing process knowledge to identify where best to focus improvements."

Sproull has earned the certifications Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Theory of Constraint Jonah. However, his NMW presentation will go far beyond these methodologies.

Over the years, he has constructed a unique optimisation methodology for manufacturers, unifying the Theory of Constraints, Lean, and Six Sigma that he says can deliver profitability improvements more quickly and with less risk and cost than standard Lean Six Sigma initiatives.

Bob Sproull

"Roughly 50 percent of companies using these methods are discouraged with their results and are either abandoning them or significantly reducing their efforts.  There have been many reasons given for these lackluster results, but the fact is there is a problem.  And in my opinion this problem comes down to a lack of process improvement focus," Sproull continues.

National Manufacturing Week is Australia's largest showcase of manufacturing innovation, information and inspiration. This year's event will bring together hundreds of solutions for industry in R&D, design, digital and technical innovation, as well as world-class speakers in three separate theatres - focusing on R&D, Digital and Safety First.

Co-located with Austech, the Safety First Conference & Expo, and SMART Supply Chain & Logistics Conference to bring together the broadest range of industry sectors, entry to NMW is free for trade only.

Register now to access updates and extra services, including the My Event Planner app that also puts you in contact with the NMW community. Registration is free, fast and easy at


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